Wall Street Journal features nuclear bunny

A rabbit that had ingested some radioactive cesium at Hanford was the subject of a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

In October, Hanford workers began finding radioactive rabbit droppings in the 300 Area just north of Richland. They trapped or shot with pellet guns 18 rabbits, finding just one that was contaminated. It was killed and disposed of as radioactive waste.

A Herald story in early November quoted Hanford officials as saying the source of the contamination is believed to be the 327 Building, which recently was demolished. Some unevaporated water might have remained in the basement from water used for dust suppression that the rabbit might have drunk.

Washington Closure has taken steps to cover any areas of contamination found, explained the stories.